WBEZ | Lifestyle http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Working Shift: Streets and Sanitation http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-08/working-shift-streets-and-sanitation-114767 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Streets &amp; San_Flickr_Chicago Man.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last week, we kicked off our Working Shift series with a bang. From hairdressers to a funeral director, we pulled back the curtain on 5 different jobs thanks to your questions and curiosity.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, Josie Cruz from the city&rsquo;s Department of Streets &amp; Sanitation take us through a day in the life of the men and women who pick up our garbage, inspect our dumpsters, remove dead animals, and control Chicago&rsquo;s rat population.</p></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-08/working-shift-streets-and-sanitation-114767 Working Shift: Ask a Funeral Director http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-08/working-shift-ask-funeral-director-114746 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/461251265_56d1a307dc_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">In the nineteenth century, the person who laid the deceased to rest was known as an undertaker.</p><p dir="ltr">Then in 1895, a publication called The Embalmer&rsquo;s Monthly held a contest to rename the profession. The winning entry? Mortician...a term which, at least in the Chicago area, now refers to the person who prepares the body for burial. The more common name these days for an undertaker is, of course, funeral director.</p><p>For today&rsquo;s Working Shift, we&rsquo;re joined by Peter Kennedy, funeral director at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Forest Park, who&rsquo;s here to talk about what he does.</p></p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-08/working-shift-ask-funeral-director-114746 Theater Company Uses Art To Take On A Dictator http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-03/theater-company-uses-art-take-dictator-114694 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IraqPolice1.jpg" title="Iraqi police commandos march during a ceremony marking Police Day at the police academy in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245312188&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Progressive Political Movements in Iraq</span></p><p>Ali Issa is an organizer with War Resisters League, an NGO that &ldquo;works to sow and grow seeds of peace and liberation in our time.&rdquo; His new book <em>Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq</em> details numerous interviews and encounters he had with Iraqis and Iraqi activists working on progressive policies.</p><p>Issa talks with us about his mission to show the West that despite the sectarian strife and war with groups like ISIS, there is a vibrant pro-democracy, pro-modernity movement in Iraq.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Ali Issa is a national field organizer with the NGO, War Resisters League. Author of the book&nbsp;<em>Struggle Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq</em>.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/KingLear3.jpg" title="King Lear in Belarusian by Belarus Free Theatre (Photo by Simon Kane)" /></div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245312186&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">The Belarus Free Theatre Takes on Government and &lsquo;King Lear&rsquo;</span></p><p>Belarus has been under the authoritarian rule of president Alexander Lukashenko for more than 20 years. Observers view his rule as a throwback to the Soviet Union. Civil liberties and free artistic expression are commonly suppressed.</p><p>The Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 by co-creator Natalia Kaliada. The group was banned by the government and forced to go underground. BFT produces numerous works critical of authoritarianism, including its most recent work- an interpretation of Shakespeare&rsquo;s <em>King Lear</em>.</p><p>The play opens this Friday in Chicago at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre as part of its yearlong &ldquo;Shakespeare 400&rdquo; celebration. We first spoke with Kaliada in 2011. She&rsquo;s back to update us on her work and the situation in Belarus.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Natalia Kaliada is the co-creator of Belarus Free Theatre.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Sainkho.jpg" title="Sainkho Namtchylak’s latest album “Like a bird or spirit, not a face” is available now through Ponderosa Records." /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245312184&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Global Notes: The Music of Sainko Namtchylak</span></p><p>This week on Global Notes we bring you the sounds of Tuvan throat singer Sainko Namtchylak, who&#39;s just released her 45th album!</p><p>On this latest album, she teams up with a couple members of the Tuareg desert blues band Tinariwen - the Steppes meet the Sahara. It&rsquo;s a new twist on the ancient tradition of throat singing, which was first developed by nomadic herdsmen in Central Asia.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Tony Sarabia is the host of Morning Shift and Radio M.</p></p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-03/theater-company-uses-art-take-dictator-114694 One-Woman Show Tackles Body Image http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-04/one-woman-show-tackles-body-image-114708 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/body-courage-bodycourage.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>What started as her Master&rsquo;s dissertation Danielle Pinnock has turned into a full on one-woman show. Pinnock used her conversations with more than 300 people, asking them to define beauty, to create her play <em>Body/Courage</em>.</p><p>We talk to Pinnock about how those conversations manifest on stage, and what they reveal about the many different types of relationships with our bodies and self-image.</p><p><em>Body/Courage</em> is on stage at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble through February 28.</p></p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-04/one-woman-show-tackles-body-image-114708 Working Shift: Ask A Firefighter http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-02/working-shift-ask-firefighter-114685 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ask a firefighter-commons.wikimedia.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Our &quot;Working Shift&quot; series continues with a Chicago Firefighter. They put their lives on the line for fellow residents by extinguishing fires, making rescues from buildings, trees, vehicles and much more. But what do they do in between waiting for that next call?</p><p>Fireman Eric Washington tells all. If his name sounds familiar it&#39;s because he was on the show last week to discuss his request for water donations for Flint, Michigan. He collected 4,500 cases of water for the town in crisis.</p></p> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-02/working-shift-ask-firefighter-114685 Chicago's Plastic Bag Ban http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-02/chicagos-plastic-bag-ban-114683 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/platic bag ban-Flickr-Ars Electronica.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s plastic bag &ldquo;ban&rdquo; has been in effect for six months. So, how&rsquo;s it going so far?</p><p>We talk to Jordan Parker, executive director of Bring Your Bag Chicago about some of the benefits and drawbacks of the legislation on the books, what she&rsquo;d like to see going forward, and how you can avoid using plastic bags altogether.</p></p> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-02/chicagos-plastic-bag-ban-114683 To Rebuild 'The Collapse Of Parenting,' It's Going To Be A Challenge http://www.wbez.org/program/weekend-edition/2016-02-01/rebuild-collapse-parenting-its-going-be-challenge-114657 <p><p>As many know, parenting isn&#39;t an easy job. It can be hugely frustrating and even lonely trying to figure out what&#39;s best for your kid. Should you be a taskmaster or a best friend? Is there a middle ground? The pressures of full-time work and round-the-clock activities can make that question even more challenging to tackle.</p><p>Dr. Leonard Sax has experience in guiding these relationships as a family physician and psychologist in Pennsylvania. His new book,&nbsp;<em>The Collapse Of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown Ups</em>&nbsp;is informed Sax&#39;s personal and professional observations.</p><p>&quot;That&#39;s what motivated it, but this is not a rant. It&#39;s not a sermon,&quot; he says, adding that his book is grounded in more than 400 studies.</p><p>In an interview with NPR&#39;s Rachel Martin, Dr. Sax discusses what he sees as a widespread trend of dissolving healthy relationships between kids and their parents.</p><div><hr /></div><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/9780465048977_custom-b17b1859670c1c71ab03711ece91121254e288bb-s400-c85.jpg" style="height: 471px; width: 310px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" title="The Collapse of Parenting How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-ups: The Three Things You Must Do To Help Your Child or Teen Become a Fulfilled Adult by Leonard, M.D., Ph.D. Sax" /></p><h3>Interview Highlights</h3><p><strong>On the meaning of the book&#39;s title</strong></p><p>The point of the book is, look, you need to give kids choices in some domains but not in others. I&#39;m seeing a lot of parents who are really confused about in what domain is it appropriate to give kids a choice. For example, is it OK for your 14-year-old to take their cell phone to bed with them? My answer is no. But so many parents think it is their job to be their child&#39;s best friend. That&#39;s not your job. Your job is to keep your child safe, make sure they get a good night&#39;s sleep and give them a grounding and confidence and help them to know who they are as human beings.</p><p><strong>On the problems with parent-child relationships he&#39;s seen over the years</strong></p><p>So many kids today care so much more about the opinions of other kids than they do about their parents&#39;. And that&#39;s really harmful because the regard of your peers, if you&#39;re an 8-year-old or 14-year-old, that can change overnight. So if you&#39;re concerned first and foremost about what your peers think, you&#39;re gonna be anxious. And we&#39;ve seen a 400 percent explosion in anxiety among American kids in the United States over the last 30 years. An American kid in the United States is now 14 times more likely to be on medication for ADD compared to a kid in the United Kingdom.</p><p><strong>On the correlation between medication and the collapse of parenting</strong></p><p>I can tell you exactly how it happens. Here&#39;s a typical story: This boy tells his parents that he&#39;s having trouble concentrating and focusing and they take him to a board-certified child psychiatrist. And the child psychiatrist says, &quot;Ah, sounds like maybe ADHD, let&#39;s try Adderall or Vyvanse and see if it helps.&quot; And oh my gosh, what a difference &mdash; medication helps enormously. The child, the teacher, the parent and even the prescribing physician saying, &quot;Hey this medication was prescribed for ADD, it&#39;s clearly been helpful, therefore this kid must have ADD.&quot; But he doesn&#39;t.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/quote-so-many-parents-think-it_0.png" style="height: 212px; width: 310px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="" /></div><p>The parents bring him to me for a second opinion and I ask some questions like, &quot;What do you do in the evening?&quot; and the parents have no idea, he&#39;s in his bedroom with the door closed so his parents don&#39;t know what&#39;s going on and they think he&#39;s asleep but he&#39;s not. He&#39;s staying up &#39;til 1 or 2 in the morning playing video games night after night. He&#39;s sleep-deprived. And if you&#39;re sleep-deprived you&#39;re not gonna be able to pay attention and all the standard questionnaires, Conners Scales, etc. cannot distinguish whether you&#39;re not paying attention because you&#39;re sleep-deprived or because you truly have ADD.</p><p><strong>On the challenges that will come with altering parenting style</strong></p><p>It depends on how you&#39;ve been parenting so far. And the earlier the child, the easier it is to make a change. If you&#39;ve been the permissive parent who lets kids take their phones and their devices into their bedrooms with them, lets kids decide what&#39;s for supper, it&#39;s gonna be a challenge. And I recommend that you sit down with your child and say, &quot;Hey, there&#39;s gonna be some changes here.&quot;</p><p>So, for example, one mom took the cell phone away because her daughter&#39;s spending all her time texting and Snapchatting. And the daughter didn&#39;t push back. And her friends were like &quot;Oh, you know her mom&#39;s the weird mom who took her phone away.&quot; The real push back &mdash; and this is what surprised this mom &mdash; came from the parents of her daughter&#39;s friends, who really got on her case and said, &quot;How can you do this?&quot; and this mom told me that she thinks the other parents are uncertain, unsure of what they should be doing and so that&#39;s why they&#39;re lashing out at her &mdash; the one mom who has the strength to take a stand.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/01/31/465022651/to-rebuild-the-collapse-of-parenting-its-going-to-be-a-challenge?ft=nprml&amp;f=465022651"><em>via NPR</em></a></p><div id="res465027518"><div><div><h3>&nbsp;</h3></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/program/weekend-edition/2016-02-01/rebuild-collapse-parenting-its-going-be-challenge-114657 Working Shift: Ask An ER Doctor http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-02/working-shift-ask-er-doctor-114674 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Ask an ER Doc-torange.us_.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p>Monday we start a series when we talk to someone with an interesting job to learn more about their day to day life, and give listeners the chance to ask what they&#39;ve always wanted to know about that line of work. We&#39;re calling it &ldquo;Working Shift.&rdquo; First up-an ER doctor.</p><p>You&rsquo;ve seen it on TV and movies, but is it always that action packed and stressful? What&rsquo;s a bad day look like? Mary Ella Kenefake is a doctor at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in suburban Winfield and Methodist Hospital in Gary, Indiana, and she&rsquo;s ready to see you now.</p></div><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-02/working-shift-ask-er-doctor-114674 An Unkillable Myth About Atheists http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/unkillable-myth-about-atheists-114593 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/atheism.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In his new book,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/11/11/455573765/like-it-or-not-we-may-be-meaning-junkies">The Big Question: Why We Can&#39;t Stop Talking About Science, Faith and God</a>, Alister McGrath argues that &quot;we need more than science to satisfy our deep yearnings and intuitions.&quot; That something more for McGrath is God, specifically, the Christian God.</p><p>As he develops this argument, again and again&nbsp;<a href="http://alistermcgrath.weebly.com/biography.html">McGrath</a>&nbsp;characterizes atheists who embrace science but not God as stuck in a place devoid of full understanding or meaning. There&#39;s a &quot;richness&quot; in the Christian engagement with nature that atheists miss, for example.</p><p>McGrath understands the foundational atheist perspective to be this: &quot;Since science discloses no meaning to the universe, the only reasonable conclusion is that there is no meaning to find.&quot;</p><p>Here, yet again, is the unkillable myth, the persistent blind spot about atheism that apparently no amount of explaining can make go away. No matter how lucidly atheists explain in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatheistbook.com/products/abetterlife">books</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.argumentsforatheism.com/arguments_against_meaning.html">essays</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2014/09/16/348949146/is-atheist-awe-a-religious-experience">blog posts</a>&nbsp;that, yes, life can and does for us have meaning without God, the tsunami of claims about atheists&#39; arid existence rolls on and on.</p><p>Where does this persistent (is it also willful?) misunderstanding come from?</p><p>McGrath offers some quotes from atheists that may seem, at first glance, to support his stance, as in this excerpted passage from&nbsp;The Atheist&#39;s Guide to Reality&nbsp;by Alex Rosenberg: &quot;What is the purpose of the universe? There is none. What is the meaning of life? Ditto.&quot; Yet, to conclude from these lines that atheists&#39; lives suffer from a lack of meaning amounts to conflating two very different things.</p><p>First is the understanding, emergent from evolutionary theory, that neither the universe as a whole, nor we humans within it, have evolved according to some plan of design. Cosmic evolution and human evolution unfold with no guiding hand or specific goals. Most atheists do accept this, I think.</p><p>Second is to embrace as a logical next step the idea that our own individual lives have no purpose or meaning. Do you know of any atheists who believe this? I don&#39;t.</p><p>Nor do I recognize the scientific communities of which I am a part &mdash; both online and offline &mdash; in McGrath&#39;s insistence that a &quot;sense of cosmic pointlessness haunts many today, particularly within the scientific community.&quot;</p><p>An anthropological perspective teaches us that we humans are a quintessentially meaning-making species. We create love and kindness (hate and violence, too), and also work that matters. We recognize and protect (or, too often, harm) our sense of connection to other animals, to plants and trees, to all of nature&#39;s landscapes. What are those acts if not ones of meaning and purpose?</p><p>Another new book, this one published just last week, takes up questions of meaning and purpose. Neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/books/review-in-when-breath-becomes-air-dr-paul-kalanithi-confronts-an-early-death.html">When Breath Becomes Air</a>&nbsp;is a memoir by a physician confronting, at age 36, a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer, made all the more poignant because we readers know at the outset that Kalanithi died at age 37, before he could fully complete the book.</p><p>Lurking within passages that speak to creating meaning in the face of death &mdash; passages beautiful enough to cause me to recommend the book to anyone and everyone &mdash; is a version of the unkillable myth. Kalanithi writes:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;To make science the arbiter of metaphysics is to banish not only God from the world but also love, hate, meaning &mdash; to consider a world that is self-evidently not the world we live in. That&#39;s not to say that if you believe in meaning, you must also believe in God. It is to say, though, that if you believe science provides no basis for God, then you are almost obligated to conclude that science provides no basis for meaning and, therefore, life doesn&#39;t have any.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Kalanithi describes the &quot;sacredness&quot; of his work as a neurosurgeon, the burdens that make medicine &quot;holy.&quot; His view, though powerful and rewarding to read about, doesn&#39;t render his equation &mdash;&nbsp;<em>science provides no basis for God = life has no meaning</em> &mdash;&nbsp;into a truth.</p><p>Let&#39;s return to McGrath. His central theme in&nbsp;The Big Question&nbsp;revolves around &quot;the ultimate coherence of science and faith.&quot; I&#39;d like to say that open dialogue about the interweaving of scientific and religious narratives that McGrath champions &mdash; dialogue asking if that interweaving is really a possible, or even a desirable, goal &mdash; is the way forward. At the same time, I find intriguing and persuasive the perspective of physicist<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/05/i_won_t_take_money_from_templeton_science_and_religion_can_t_be_reconciled.html">Sean Carroll</a>, who explains why he takes no money from the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.templeton.org/who-we-are/about-the-foundation/mission">John Templeton Foundation</a>&nbsp;by saying it is because its underlying goal is to further this very notion of consilience.</p><p>It&#39;s a real irony that McGrath spills a lot of ink in his book railing against Richard Dawkins&#39; reductive judgments about people of faith &mdash; which I, too,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2012/03/26/149310560/atheist-firebrand-richard-dawkins-unrepentant-for-harsh-words-targeting-faith">have questioned</a>&nbsp;&mdash; while McGrath himself makes reductive judgments about atheists.</p><p>I&#39;m yet another atheist voice&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2014/08/28/343952506/atheists-feel-awe-too">chiming in</a>&nbsp;to say that my life, thanks very much, is full of meaning.</p><p>Now, how to make this unkillable myth about atheism into a moribund myth?</p><div><hr /></div><p><em>Barbara J. King, an anthropology professor at the College of William and Mary, often writes about human evolution, primate behavior and the cognition and emotion of animals.&nbsp;Barbara&#39;s most recent book on animals is titled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/176686699/how-animals-grieve">How Animals Grieve</a>.&nbsp;You can keep up with what she is thinking on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/bjkingape">@bjkingape</a></em></p></p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/unkillable-myth-about-atheists-114593 Bagging a Birkin http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/bagging-birkin-114591 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/16947406947_62734cb42e_o-b63f540910ef9eec9d84ca3e94de700b864640a0-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There are people with Birkin bags and then there are the rest of us.</p><p>This purse, made by Hermes, the French luxury brand, averages $60,000.</p><p>And it&#39;s been the &quot;it&quot; bag for 30 years.</p><p>The strange thing about Birkin bags: They always seem to be mysteriously out of stock.</p><p>This is no accident. Today on the show, we go on a quest for a Birkin bag! And we find ourselves in a world where the normal rules of commerce are totally upside down.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/bagging-birkin-114591